Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Witold Rybczynski, author of Makeshift Metropolis, two presentations in DC, including Monday night

Tomorrow night, Professor and prolific author Witold Rybczynski will be presenting at the National Business Museum, based on his new book, Makeshift Metropolis: Ideas About Cities, which covers his learnings and conclusions about city functioning in the period since City Life was published.

-- Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, Thursday January 20th, 7pm

-- Dwell Magazine interview with Witold Rybcynski
-- Review by Mark Milke, "Yes Virginia, cities can be beautiful" from the Calgary Herald
-- Review by Francis Morrone , "The Garden City Blooms Again" from the Wall Street Journal

The Dwell interview points out that in the present day city, developers, not planners, are the most significant actors in shaping the city.

I haven't had a chance to pick up and read the book yet, but I intend to before the presentation at Politics & Prose. (Tomorrow night's session conflicts with Ward 4 Walmart community planning issues, so I won't be attending.)

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